ASU vs. Navy: Quick takes from Arizona State's 62-28 victory

Navy could not stop Will Sutton on Saturday - USA TODAY Sports

We take a look at the numbers and see how dominating the win really was.

The 62-28 victory for the Sun Devils in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl was an incredible effort by the entire team. From the opening kickoff, Navy was outmanned and outgunned.

Arizona State ran the ball 49 times for 380 yards. The standout performance of the day was by Marion Grice, who picked up 159 yards on 14 carries despite still mourning the loss of his brother last week in Houston.

Grice ran the ball in from 10 yards out to make it 14-0 ASU in the first quarter - here's how it happened:

Asutd

The Devils could not have played this game any better. Efficient, disciplined, aggressive -- all the hallmarks of a Todd Graham team.

Box score statistics of note, ASU
1st downs: 36
3rd down efficiency: 5-7
Total offensive yards: 648
Passing yards: 268
Rushing yards: 380
Penalties: 2 for 25

Individual performances of note, ASU
Rashad Ross, 4 receptions, 139 yards, 3 touchdowns
Alonzo Agwuenu, 2 receptions, 21 yards, 1st career touchdown
Taylor Kelly, 17/19, 268 passing yards, 4 touchdown passes, 81 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
Cameron Marshall, 7 carries, 81 yards, 2 touchdowns
Will Sutton: 2.5 sacks

Winning the Territorial Cup and defeating a bowl opponent is the greatest way to end any football season. The Sun Devils now have a ton of momentum going into the offseason, having won the most games in a season since 2007's 10-win campaign.

Deantre Lewis saw action at running back for the first time since the Northern Arizona game on August 30, rushing for 27 yards on seven carries. It's great to see him back in the fold, and he may compete for carries now that Cameron Marshall is graduating from the program.

Ross's performance was especially satisfying for fans who were frustrated by his penchant for dropping passes at critical junctures this season. In his final game at ASU, he gave Sun Devil fans something to remember him by: his speed and his effort.

It was obvious from the beginning at the Devils were serious about winning this game, and they executed the gameplan very well against a sometimes tricky triple-option attack. The only misstep was allowing the kickoff return by Gee Gee Greene, but that can be fixed with some film room sessions going into next year.

On a final note, this quote in the AP recap of the game gives me hope that Will Sutton will stay at ASU for his senior season.

"I hope we never play that triple option again," Sutton said. "We handled it real well. We've been practicing about a month for this game. In due time, we were going to get it down. We did and we came and had a good game."

He hopes we never play that triple option again! That is the sound of a man who is thinking about next year already.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join House of Sparky

You must be a member of House of Sparky to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at House of Sparky. You should read them.

Join House of Sparky

You must be a member of House of Sparky to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at House of Sparky. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker